Bill Summary for H 130 (2023-2024)
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AN ACT TO (I) LIMIT CITIES AND COUNTIES FROM PROHIBITING CONSUMER CHOICE OF ENERGY SERVICE BASED UPON THE TYPE OR SOURCE OF ENERGY TO BE DELIVERED AND (II) REQUIRE RESPONSIBLE DECOMMISSIONING OF NEWLY SITED UTILITY-SCALE SOLAR PROJECTS UPON CESSATION OF OPERATIONS.Intro. by Arp, Saine, Wray, Miller.
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Enacts new GS 160A-203.3 (applicable to cities) and GS 153A-145.11 (applicable to counties), forbidding ordinances that would prohibit the connection, reconnection, modification, or expansion of energy services to a consumer if the prohibition is based on the type of energy to be delivered. Defines “energy service” as the energy source a consumer may choose to use to illuminate, heat, or cool buildings; produce hot water; operate equipment; operate appliances; or any other similar activities where the energy source is derived from one or more of a variety of sources such as natural gas, renewable gas, hydrogen, liquified petroleum gas, renewable liquified petroleum gas, or other liquid petroleum products and that is delivered to the consumer by an entity legally authorized to provide such service, or electricity that is derived from one or more sources of electric generation and is delivered to the consumer by an entity legally authorized to provide such service and the distribution of the electricity occurs according to the specified territorial rights. Specifies activities that are not prohibited by the statutes.